West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Plays Beethoven's Ninth

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall under the direction of its co-founder, Daniel Barenboim, for a program of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 2 and 9. We hope to post the archived broadcast of this concert shortly, pending approval from the musicians.

Established in 1999 and based in Seville, Spain, the ensemble brings together young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries in a spirit of international cooperation and understanding. Barenboim co-founded the orchestra with the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. Today it tours internationally, tours globally and has released several recordings.

Audio (below): Daniel Barenboim tells host Jeff Spurgeon about the successes and challenges facing the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, including why it can't perform in many of the countries represented in the orchestra.



West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
Diana Damrau, Soprano
Kate Lindsey, Mezzo-Soprano
Piotr Beczala, Tenor
René Pape, Bass
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor

Our live chat, co-hosted by NPR Music, begins at 1:30pm before the 2pm ET broadcast. You may also post your comments to #CHLive on Twitter.

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 3, 2013.
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Daniel Barenboim, director and co-founder of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
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Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.
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The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
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The Westminster Symphonic Choir performs Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
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Soloists Diana Damrau (soprano), Kate Lindsey (mezzo-soprano), Piotr Beczala (tenor) and René Pape (bass).
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Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

Comments [12]

Debi Coules from Melbourne, FL

My son sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir! It was so wonderful to be able to hear it!! Bravo!!!!

Feb. 07 2013 03:48 PM
alan from Queens , NYC, USA

I was there for it - front row, luckily , though unplanned.
After hearing the 2nd and 9th hundreds of times over 45-50 years I expected nothing new, but the Event was an attraction alone.
Was i shocked, thrilled, amazed, inspired?
If you have access to Toscanini's final Beteehoven 2nd from the c. 1950 RCA series-compare them; the first movement here echoes that that in tempo and taughtness.
The orchestra and Barenboim make the 2nd feel as thrilling as a 5th...nearly!
There may not be anything "new under the sun" but that day was a new perspective on an old scene. A Memorable Musical Event.

Feb. 06 2013 01:18 PM
Judith Spiegelman from New York City

Wonderful to re-hear "live from Carnegie Hall concerts!" ThNKS SO MUCH.

Feb. 05 2013 12:28 PM
Sarah Walters

This is a wonderful orchestra and it shows how people can put aside their political differences and come together as human beings to bring us such great music. Blessings to Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said.

Feb. 04 2013 11:56 AM
Christine Corso from Cedar Grove, NJ

Thanks for broadcasting the performance and commentary. We spoke to our children today about the significance of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and then all enjoyed hearing Maestro Barenboim conduct them as they played this beautiful music.

It was especially moving to hear the lengthy applause and picture conductor and instrumentalists being thanked and saying goodbye (for now).

Thank you again!

Feb. 03 2013 06:10 PM
Pam Dunnevant from Short Pump, VA

Thank you so much for streaming this concert. What a thrill to hear my son, Patrick Dunnevant, sing with the Westminster Symphonic Choir as I sit in my living room here in VA.

Feb. 03 2013 04:41 PM
Caetano Dable from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Echoes from Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)... =)

Great concert!

Feb. 03 2013 04:24 PM
Missy Little from Urbana Illinois

My daughter is singing there today and I'm in Illinois so I'm glad to be able to listen on here.

Feb. 03 2013 03:27 PM
Peter Feldman from New York City

Civilized music? Daniel Barenboim "adores" music by Wagner. He had to listen that music in Auschwitz when Jewish inmates were force to hear Wagner music.

Feb. 03 2013 02:48 PM

a snapshot of a world that could be but probably will never be.
a modest proposal for humanity to reach for if it cared enough.
that caring is wishfull thinking.

Feb. 03 2013 02:19 PM
jimcody from New Jersey

Wanted to be there; glad I can in this way.

Feb. 03 2013 02:07 PM
Robert Tendy from Putnam Valley

Now that's what I call Super Sunday!

Feb. 02 2013 05:04 AM

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